World Affairs Councils of America

The concept of World Affairs Councils first evolved after World War I, out of the concern that Americans would choose a foreign policy of isolationism rather than engagement. After World War II, this vision emerged as a national organization of independent community councils with a national office in Washington, D.C.

The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) is a network of over 90 World Affairs Councils, including the World Affairs Council of Maine. WACA organizes an annual conference at which World Affairs Council members meet with policy makers. It also shares programs for national use, including Great Decisions, NPR’s It’s Your World, and WorldQuest. WACA provides additional member benefits like international travel opportunities. 

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